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Chronic poverty reduction in Uganda: National budgets and delivery of social services

Lawrence Bategeka


Key issues

  • Quality social services – primary education, primary health care, water and sanitation, and agriculture services, is key to addressing chronic poverty in Uganda. However, financial resources for social services inadequately address the issue of chronic poverty. Deliberate action to include the chronically poor need to be put in place.
  • Local government plays a crucial role in the delivery of social services, but are faced with many constraints. An increased budget for local governments is needed to build their capacity and to enable them to overcome the issues that adversely affect the quality of service delivery.
  • A long-term approach to reducing chronic poverty, especially in rural areas, requires providing chronically poor people with the skills and tools to get gainful employment and enable their participation in economic growth. A focus is needed on enterprise development that would employ chronically poor people.

Read related CPRC WOrking Paper 222 Public expenditure for Uganda from a chronic poverty perspective.

Publication Type(s)

CPRC Policy Brief


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